Slovakia – In nation closed for coronavirus, Salesians open online oratory

18 March 2020

(ANS - Bratislava) - The Salesians (SDB) in Slovakia, alongside the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and the volunteers of the Salesian Youth Movement, have created an online oratory on Facebook and Instagram, accompanied by the hashtag #oratkoonline.

To contain the spread of coronavirus throughout Slovakia, public Masses are not celebrated, the oratories and youth centers in all the SDB and FMA presences are closed as are all schools, together with other government measures aimed at limiting gatherings and travel as much as possible.

To remain close to children, young people, families and all the faithful, all communities have worked to create and convey pastoral content through social networks. Seeking to develop a beautiful synergy, the SDB and FMA Youth Ministry Delegates, together with other volunteers and members of the Salesian Family, have thus given life to an online oratory project.

The daily content shared includes morning prayer and exercise, a biblical thought at lunch, the Salesian "Good night", the live streaming of the Eucharistic celebration, and the recitation of the extraordinary Novena promoted by the Rector Major.

Every afternoon, a debate on a different theme is proposed, a debate animated by various participants: in its early days, two young doctors talked about the coronavirus and the rules of prevention of contagion, two other young artists presented artistic proposals at a time when the young must stay at home, a bishop also intervened as a guest ... And a challenge-activity is also proposed on a daily basis.

There are also other initiatives - periodic. For example, two Salesian musicians have proposed a concert of psalms.

Finally, in the capital, Bratislava, the activities of the football club "SDM Domino" have also moved online. It prepares and shares a series of various workouts to be practiced even on one's own, exercises to maintain good morale and physical health in the face of the threat of coronavirus.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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